Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ode To Baudelaire

Mr. Baudelaire (1821-67) was a French poet best known for his work ‘Les Fleurs du mal’ (The Flowers of Evil). Also greatly known as the father of modern art criticism, he famously denounced the invention of photography at the Salon of 1859. As the new wondrous invention began to walk in its new shoes, he stepped out in his to speak scathingly of the photographic industry, stating it was,

“...the refuge of all the painters who couldn’t make it, either because they had no talent or because they were too lazy to finish their studies. Hence this universal infatuation was not only characterized by blindness and stupidity, but also by vindictiveness.” - Charles Baudelaire - 1859, [cited in: “Camera Austria” 14/84, Annie Le Brun “The Feeling of Nature at the Close of the Twentieth Century”, p. 20]

I wonder what he would make of photography today...

1 comment:

  1. Ah well, he was not brilliant on this one, but he sat several times before the great photograher Nadar, so he was a little ambiguous about photography... and he was such a great poet that I forgive him, haha! :D


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